Storms, War and Shipwrecks: Exhibition Events

Learn more about Storms, War and Shipwrecks, and the works on display in the exhibition, at one of our special exhibition events.

Introductory Exhibition Tours

3.30–4.15pm every Tuesday & Thursday until 25 September

Join an introductory tour of the exhibition to discover more about Sicily, underwater archaeology, and the works on display. Tours are free with the price of exhibition admission and no additional booking is necessary.

Free Family Fun

Meet the Divers
Saturday 16 July, 1–4pm, Education Centre

What do Marine Archaeologists do? Meet some divers and find out more. All ages welcome, particularly suitable for ages 4–11. Free. Part of our Storms, War and Shipwrecks Day – find more information below.

Ship Ahoy!
Saturday 16 July, 2.30–3pm & 3.30–4pm, Meet in Gallery 21

Join our new, regular Ashventures: activities, object handling, games and stories. All ages welcome, particularly suitable for ages 4–11. Free. Part of our Storms, War and Shipwrecks Day – find more information below.

Exhibition Talks

The Story of Sicily
With John Julius Norwich, author
Friday 24 June, 1–2pm, Lecture Theatre

Goethe said that Sicily was the key to everything; certainly no island has had a more astonishing history. John Julius Norwich explores the rich past of this unique Mediterranean island. Tickets are £5/£4. Booking is essential. Click here to book online now.

Treasures from the Sicilian Seas
With Dr Alexandra Sofroniew, Exhibition Curator
Saturday 25 June, 11am–12pm, Lecture Theatre

Explore over 2500 years of Mediterranean history from a new perspective: under the sea. Discover the spectacular finds brought to the surface through underwater archaeology and what they reveal about Sicily, an island at the heart of the movement of peoples, goods and ideas between Europe, North Africa and the Near East. Tickets are £5/£4. Booking is essential. Click here to book online now.

An Evening with Luca Zingaretti
Thursday 21 July, 7pm, Sheldonian Theatre

Join Luca Zingaretti for a reading from ‘La Sirena’ (The Mermaid) by Italian writer Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa with musical accompaniment at the Sheldonian. Zingaretti is well-known for his role for playing Inspector Montalbano in the Italian mystery series based on the novels of Andrea Camilleri. While Zingaretti is best known for playing Montalbano, he has also starred in many Italian films and is one of the most in-demand Italian actors.

Private Exhibition Tour FULLY BOOKED
Sheldonian Event from 7pm Tickets on sale soon at this link

Divers, Artefacts and Underwater Archaeology
With Giles Richardson, maritime archaeologist
Tuesday 9 August, 11am–12pm & 2–3pm, meet in Gallery 21

What happens to the cargo of a sunken ship or objects lost at sea as they lie on the seabed for thousands of years? See the effects of various ‘agents of destruction’ from sea currents to sea creatures on different materials in this handling session. Free, recommended donation of £5. Booking is essential. Click here to book online now.

Honor Frost: A Diving Pioneer
With Dr Elena Flavia Castagnino Berlinghieri, marine archaeologist
Saturday 24 September, 11am–12pm, Lecture Theatre

Discover the remarkable story of one of the world’s first underwater archaeologists, Honor Frost (1917–2010). From an experimental dive in a London garden well to excavating shipwrecks across the Mediterranean, Frost devoted herself to underwater archaeology with a passion, declaring “Any time spent on the surface was a waste of time.” Tickets are £5/£4. Booking is essential. Click here to book online now.

Late Night LiveFriday

Under The Sea
Friday 9 September, 7–10.30pm

Celebrate Creation Theatre’s 20th birthday and mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death with live performances of famous storms in the bard’s plays. Discover the treasures of the Ashmolean and our special exhibition through live performances, music, hands-on creative workshops, behind-the-scenes talks, and get your quota of grog at The Galley Café and the Crow’s Nest Dining Room. Tickets will be on sale in August.

Storms, War & Shipwrecks Day

Saturday 16 July

Talks and activities for all ages inspired by our summer exhibition Storms, War & Shipwrecks. All events are free, no booking required.

Playing with the Past: Archaeology and Gaming with Total War
With Rob Bartholomew, Brand Director, Creative Assembly & Dr Alexandra Sofroniew, Exhibition Curator
Saturday 16 July, 2–3pm, Lecture Theatre

Creative Assembly, makers of the incredibly popular PC strategy series ‘Total War’, explore how history is a rich vein of inspiration for their games and how and where the line is drawn between what makes great entertainment and historical accuracy. Discover the link between real ancient artifacts on view in the exhibition and the warships battling it out in Total War: Rome II. Free, no booking required.

Meet the Divers
Saturday 16 July, 1–4pm, Education Centre

Since Jacques Cousteau’s invention of SCUBA equipment 75 years ago to the use of cutting-edge robotics today, underwater archaeologists have worked under extreme conditions. Meet some divers from the Oxford University Underwater Exploration Group and hear their tales from the deep. Free, no booking required.

Finding Atlantis: The Archaeology of Sunken Cities
With Dr Jon Henderson, maritime archaeologist
Saturday 16 July, 11am–12pm, Lecture Theatre

Atlantis remains one of marine archaeology’s most enduring mysteries. But what is the archaeological reality of sunken cities? Discover the incredible story of the oldest submerged town so far identified – Pavlopetri off the coast of Greece. Free, no booking required.

Family Activity: Ship Ahoy!
Saturday 16 July, 2.30–3pm & 3.30–4pm, Education Centre

Object handling, games and stories in the galleries. Free, no booking required.

Follow this link to view all of our Summer events and activities.